My last post was about how I came across Tody and how it has helped me with doing the housework. There's nothing wrong with what I wrote but afterwards I felt like a significant part of the story was missing - and that's all the frustrations, false starts and difficult feelings that happened before I … Continue reading Housework: a postscript
Yesterday I got to the postdrome ( or hangover) phase of the migraine and it wasn't until late afternoon that another migraine started. This is really exciting for me. It's been well over a year since I experienced any kind of gap between one migraine and another. So even though I didn't have a completely … Continue reading A reason to celebrate!
My house isn't the worst. I won't make it onto reality TV with the state of my dishes. But the clutter and dust has been getting me down. I can see unfinished DIY jobs, dust collecting in corners and a general grubbiness creeping in. It's depressing because it reminds me of my lost physical ability. … Continue reading Using an app to take teeny-tiny steps toward a tidy house
Eating a vegetable really shouldn't be a cause for celebration but I've fallen out of all my good habits lately. It's hard coaxing yourself to eat with a fussy migraine brain and the accompanying nausea. But I felt I hit a low point last night when I insisted the only thing I'd have for dinner … Continue reading Small victories #4: ate some peas
I managed to get myself down to my allotment today for the first time in a while. But it was herculean effort to get out the door. I was talking to myself as if I was coaxing a reluctant child "just get your coat on" " see that wasn't so bad, now get your boots", … Continue reading Feeling stuck
The relief from lying down and feeling some of the tension and pain in my neck and shoulders subside.Getting my heap of cushions and pillows just right so my head and neck are completely supported.
For a long time now its taken me forever to get started in the morning. Today I managed to get started on my stretches and actually get out of bed within an hour of waking!
What happened? Day 1: Made a plan then ignored it completely.Day 2 & 3: Did a little better. Made sensible looking plans and more or less alternated nourishing and depleting tasks. Although my work sessions were too long, and rest sessions too short.Day 4: Made a plan but put way too much on it. Stayed … Continue reading Simple but not easy: how I’m doing with nourishing vs depleting
I have been feeling the gravitational pull of my bed almost since I got out of it this morning. I'd find myself stopped still, staring into space. Or absentmindedly taking a seat in the middle of a short conversation, or propping up my head with my hand. I was still surprised to find myself waking … Continue reading Where did my afternoon go?
One of the first approaches to pacing that I had some success with was alternating between nourishing and depleting activities. The basic principle is that some activities use up our energy and others allow us to feel restored. The metaphor that's often used in CBT is that of a phone battery that drains while it … Continue reading Nourishing vs depleting activities: a pacing strategy